Momentary Possession as a Defense to Drug Charges

A former USC and Raider quarterback was recently charged with having methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in his possession, and other charges. According to reports, he was found in the backyard of a home, which was not his own, trying to dispose of a bag containing meth and marijuana. Transitory Possession This case raises an interesting […]

Process for Reducing Theft Felony Offenses to Misdemeanors

California’s Proposition 47 which was intended to reduce jail congestion has led to numerous applications for re-sentencing and reclassification of theft crimes and other qualified felonies. The new law is expected to benefit some 10,000 inmates who are currently serving sentences for non-serious and nonviolent crimes. Theft Offenses Reduced to Misdemeanors The offenses of Grand […]

Four Women Exonerated for 1990s Sex Crimes

In 1990, four women were convicted of sexual assaulting two children. They were convicted on the testimony of a doctor who testified that the children’s injuries were the result of satanic ritual common among lesbians. This doctor ultimately recanted her testimony in addition to other witnesses who were presented at trial. Based on this, the […]

All-American Football Star Charged with Theft

A former cornerback for the University of Oregon Duck’s has been arrested for theft, possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia, and violation of his probation. The football player had been previously arrested for driving on a suspended license and arson charges. His mother claims that her son suffers from CTE, a chronic brain disease […]

No Gun Crime Charges for North Carolina Police Officer

Despite the controversy surrounding the case, a court in North Carolina decided not to charge a police officer for a criminal offense in the death of Keith Lamont Scott. Mr. Scott’s family claimed that he was reading a book in his car when the police decided to engage with him. Dashboard camera videos show that […]

Long Sentence Requested for Former Concert Promoter in Fraud Case

A former concert promoter who was responsible for staging major musical acts including Aerosmith, Elton John and the Rolling Stones allegedly ran his company as a profitable fraud scheme, federal prosecutors argued in a hearing last month. During the course of the hearing, prosecutors argued that the man, who stands accused of defrauding as many […]

California Governor Signs New DUI Bill into Law, Effective 2019

Late last month, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new bill into law that is directly aimed at curbing drunk driving across the state. Under the terms of the new bill, any individual convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) is required to install an ignition interlock device (IID), or an in-vehicle Breathalyzer. The program, […]

Self-Inflicted Injury as Domestic Violence Defense

A former California Highway Patrolman was recently acquitted after jury considered his domestic violence defense that his wife caused her own injuries during an altercation. The case stemmed from a reported incident of an alleged altercation in the parties’ home. The defendant was later charged with felony domestic violence cases. Defendant’s Testimony During the trial, […]

Bill Seeking to Remove Statute of Limitations as Sex Crime Defense

Legislators at California’s state assembly recently passed a bill that aims to remove the time limit for bringing rape and sex crimes in court. Under existing California criminal laws, charges of rape and other sex crimes may be barred if these are not prosecuted within 10 years of the discovery of the offense. For similar […]

Suspect Arrested for Alleged Serial Assault of Homeless People

California has a history of criminal cases coupled with severe mental health cases. Just recently, San Diego police arrested a male suspect and charged him with various assaults allegedly inflicted on homeless people on different dates in July. Tagged as a “serial killer” in a string of attacks on homeless persons in the city, the […]